September Round Up!

Woah man, where did the month go?! It’s October already – only 21 more days until the announcement of the next tour, and I know a lot of fans who are losing their minds in anticipation. I hope you have been able to pack away those funds because tickets will be going on sale not long after. No details have surfaced, but I am going to assume that per Depeche Mode’s usual pattern, only the European dates will be announced first. So then, while we wait, what happened in September? Personally, I was fortunate to start a new job, only six weeks after being laid off. Thank the stars! I’ve spent the last four weeks re-adjusting, and life is pretty swell (for once). But enough about me – you’re here for the Mode. Lots of interesting tidbits in Modeland last month…

DM’s new album is in the final stages of production, with mixing taking place at Jungle Studios in NYC. Flood is in the house, helping the band finalize the sounds. A press conference in Paris has been all but officially confirmed [edit: confirmed on Oct. 5, 2012]

The Spirit of Talk Talk tribute album has been released, with Alan Wilder contributing to and curating the project. Check out Recoil’s take on “Inhertance” on YouTube. Sample other tracks and read interesting tidbits from Alan over at The Guardian.

Some creative fans traveled across the United States this summer, filming a fun unofficial video for “Route 66.” High quality camera work, and Anton-inspired direction gives this song life in the era where fan-made creations can flourish.

Peter Gordeno was spotted on Billboard Tokyo, performing “Not in Love” with Trevor Horn and Lol Creme – this time on lead vocals! Who knew?

Dave comes in at #59 on Celebrity Net Worth’s “Richest Lead Singers in the World” list, tied with Maynard James Keenan (Tool) and Jonathan Davis (Korn). A bit surprising when you compare just how long each of those bands has been around?

A new Daniel Miller interview on MusicWeek shares some insight into Mute’s growth over the years.

More exciting news awaits us as the DM machine continues to gain steam!

Amanda

Amanda is an enthusiastic, globe-trotting Mode fan who discovered the band in late 1998. Although she often feels like she got a late start in the Depeche Mode's career, she's survived nearly 20 years of the fandom, five new albums and multiple meetings with her love for the band intact (and stronger than ever). Amanda is a life-long creative, a classically trained graphic designer, working professionally as a User Experience Designer for one of the world's largest technology companies. When not at work or traveling for Depeche, she enjoys character illustration, comics, movies and Japanese Culture. And cats. Lots of Cats.